What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cult satire is not to be confused with the later sci-fi action flick Repo Men, starring Jude Law. Here there is a nihilistic view of the world, with hardly any person or institution worth respecting. Young "hero" Otto is not much of a good guy -- he's into booze, drugs, and sex (though he mostly gets rejected in this last case) and only acts in his own self-interest. Violence includes bloody, fatal shootings, and a few characters vaporized by a kind of death ray. Swearing is at R-level. The government is untrustworthy and not above torturing citizens. Love and organized religion are made to look pretty stupid, too. Bad-behavior stuff includes horseplay with guns and drug/alcohol use. There's nasty, outlandish sex gossip about John Wayne.
- Families can talk about what makes a film like this a "cult" movie. Ask teens what they like (or didn't) about Repo Man. Does its humor work as well now as it did in the Reagan-era 1980s?
- Talk about the punk music that infuses the film. What does punk music have to say that makes it different from rap/hip-hop, grunge, or emo?